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Upcoming Events & Important DaTES

 

September 23, 2016 

       Voice Master Class  

       at DaySpring

       Arts & Education

 

September 30, 2016

       Registration OPENS

       for the 2017 St. Louis 

         Teen Talent Competition 

 



 

 2016 FINAL ROUND JUDGES


 

Antonio Douthit-Boyd began his dance training at age 16 at the Center of Contemporary Arts under the direction of Lee Nolting and at the Alexandra School of Ballet. He also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School.  

 

Mr. Douthit-Boyd became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999 and appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Dougla, Concerto in F, Return, and Dwight Rhoden’s Twist. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

 

In 2004 Mr. Douthit-Boyd join The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, he quickly climbed the ranks and became a principal dancer with critical acclaim worldwide.  He was featured in Men’s Health as one of the 50 Fittest Male Athletes in the World in 2014, and was the only Dancer listed.   Mr. Douthit-Boyd retired after twelve years with the company and is now the Co-Artistic Director of Dance at COCA (Center Of Creative Arts) in St. Louis, MO.

 


 
 
Christine Brewer

Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Brewer’s appearances in opera, concert, and recital are marked by her own unique timbre. Named one of the top 20 sopranos of all time (BBC Music), her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage and a highly sought-after recording artist, one who is “in her prime and sounding glorious” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times.)

 

On the opera stage, Brewer is highly regarded for her striking portrayal of the title role in Strauss’s "Ariadne auf Naxos", which she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Lyon, Théatre du Chatelet, Santa Fe Opera, English National Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She created the role of Sister Aloysius in the world premiere of Doug Cuomo’s opera "Doubt" with the Minnesota Opera in 2013, a role that was performed by Meryl Streep in the film version of the story.  She will reprise the role in August 2016 with the Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.

  

On April 29, 2015, Christine Brewer joined 140 other notable celebrities receiving a bronze star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. 

  

Upcoming concerts on Brewer’s 2016 calendar include recitals in Los Angeles at the Disney Hall and the Morgan Library in New York City.  She will sing Alban Berg’s "Altenberg Lieder" with the St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson in May 2016.                                                                     photo credit: Christian Steiner

 


 

Mike Isaacson is the third Artistic Director and Executive Producer in The Muny’s 98-year history.  The Riverfront Times has written that “Under the leadership of executive producer Mike Isaacson the quality of Muny productions rose like the proverbial phoenix.” After his first season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch awarded him “Theatre Artist of the Year,” writing “staging one impressive production after another, he made The Muny simultaneously hip and – believe it – important to our community.”   After his third season, KMOX radio said “The Muny has people talking again and buying tickets to see what all the fuss is about.”  Even with a historic four rain-outs, Isaacson’s fourth season saw attendance increase 6 percent and set new MUNY box office records.  Of the 28 shows Isaacson has produced at The Muny, 15 have been new to The Muny stage.  In a historic moment for St. Louis and the American musical theater, the Muny will celebrate 100 years in 2018. 

 

Since 2000, Isaacson co-heads Fox Theatricals with Kristin Caskey.   Last June, they received the Tony award for “Best Musical” for producing Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.  Fun Home won five 2015 Tony® Awards, including Best book, score, director and actor.  It recently began its second year at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre and a national tour will launch this Fall. Fun Home also received The Obie, The New York Drama Critics Award and The Outer Critics Circle Award for “Best Musical.”   


Fox Theatricals has produced more than 20 Broadway musicals and plays, national tours, Off-Broadway and London productions.  This season we are producing partners on The Humans at The Helen Hayes Theatre. 

 

Other career highlights include: If/Then, Grace, Bring It On: The Musical; Death of a Salesman (Tony Award; Best Revival); Caroline, or Change; Legally Blonde: the Musical (Olivier Award, Best Musical), Traces, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award, Best Musical), and Red (Tony, Best Play).

 

 

Carl Nappa is Executive Director for Nelly’s ex’treme Institute in St. Louis and has over 25 years of experience as a producer and recording engineer.

 

Mr. Nappa has been awarded over thirty Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum records as well as being Grammy and Aria nominated as an engineer, mixer, and producer. 

 

Some of Carl’s credits include Nelly, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, N’SYNC, John Mellencamp, Madonna, Boston, Ronny Jordan, Ice Cube, Limp Bizkit, NRBQ, RZA, The Moody Blues, Riley James, Blondie, Mike Peters, Spiritualized, Placido Domingo, Prince, Wyclef Jean, Nunno Bettencourt, En Vogue, Michael Bolton, RUN DMC, Brian McKnight, Pet Shop Boys, NAS, Sarah Brightman, JJ Grey and MOFRO, Nusrat Fatah Ali Kahn, Dr. John, Shelby Lyn, Danny Devito, Missy Elliot, Ghostface Killah, Barry Mann, Mc Lyte, Keith Sweat, David Bowie, Robin Trower, Luther Vandross, Extreme, Hillary Duff, Skid Row, R. Kelly, Helmet, Suze DeMarchi, Spookie Daly Pride, Murphy Lee, Chris Brown, Gypsy Collabo, Good Charlotte, St Lunatics & Violent Mae

 


 

Ken Page is a St. Louis native with a career spanning over forty years. He has worked in nearly all areas of the entertainment industry on two continents.  His stage credits are too numerous to list here but include the All-Black revival of GUYS AND DOLLS, the Original Broadway Casts of CATS and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN, London’s West End in CHILDREN OF EDEN and twenty years of roles at St. Louis’ own Muny.    Awards: New York Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, Kevin Kline Award and many other nominations.  His concert appearances include: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London Palladium,The Hollywood Bowl and Caeser’s Palace.  Motion Picture credits include: “Dreamgirls”, “Torch Song Trilogy” and voice characters in “All Dogs Go To Heaven” (King Gator), and the cult classic “Nightmare Before Christmas” (Mr. Ooggie Boogie). His television credits are numerous. He can be heard on 17 Original Cast and/or Soundtrack Recordings. Ken’ssolo concert “Page by Page” is available on CD.  Here in St. Louis he  wrote and directed CAFÉ CHANSON presented by Upstream Theatre and performed in the inaugural season of the GASLIGHT CABARET FESTIVAL. His new play with dance "SUBLIME INTIMACY" made it's world premier this December with Max & Louie Productions and he recently was seen in New York in a reading of the new stage musical adaptation of the animated film "THE PRINCE OF EGYPT" . Ken is the official " VOICE OF THE MUNY" 2015- 2017. He attended Fontbonne University and has an honorary BFA from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy of Los Angeles/New York.

 


 

Marie-Hélène Bernard joined the St. Louis Symphony as President    and CEO on July 1, 2015 after serving over eight years as Executive Director and CEO of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and closing her ninth (9th) season at the helm of H+H in June 2015.

 

Ms. Bernard has previously served as Chief of Staff, Project Manager, and Orchestra Manager for the Philadelphia Orchestra; Orchestra Manager for the Cleveland Orchestra, where she managed touring activities and worked with Music Directors Christoph von Dohnányi and Franz Welser-Möst; and President and CEO of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. She began her career in orchestra management in 1996, having won a prestigious fellowship with the League of American Orchestras with residencies at the New York Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra.

 

A Québec native, she studied communications, media, and literature at Jean-de-Brébeuf College, law at the University of Montréal, and holds a Master’s degree in arts management from Concordia University (Montreal). Ms. Bernard practiced corporate, tax, and intellectual property law for six years in Canada and remains a member of the Québec Bar Association. Ms. Bernard plays viola da gamba and serves as President on the Board of Early Music America. 

 

During her tenure at the Handel and Haydn Society, Ms. Bernard led the organization through an important artistic and financial revival towards the celebration of its 200th anniversary in 2015. Under her leadership, H+H established itself as an essential educational provider and partner to youth and music educators in Massachusetts, and as a leader in early music in the nation, doubling its operational budgets and endowment, and overseeing the most ambitious capital campaign in the organization’s history.

 

 

2016 Semi-final Round Judges

  

  • Tali Allen  Pianist / Music Director / Director of Education, STAGES Performing Arts Academy

  • Alonzo Lee  Musician / Grammy Award-winning Producer / Instructor, Nelly's ex'treme Institute

  • Marc Gordon  Musician / Executive Director, Chamber Music Society St. Louis

  • Amy Scheers  Dancer / Choreographer /  Director of  Program Design & Production, COCA

  • Denise Thimes  Professional Singer & Recording Artist 

     

2016 Preliminary Round Judges

  • Gary Bell  Actor / Director / Artistic Director, Stray Dog Theatre

  • Barbara Berner   Artistic Director, St. Louis Children's Choirs 

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  •  Adrienne Broyles  Singer / Ensemble Director, St. Louis Children's Choirs
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  • Gene Dobbs Bradford  Musician / Executive Director, Jazz St. Louis 
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  • Phil Dunlap  Musician / Director of Education, Jazz St. Louis 

     

  • Tim Fischer  Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Educator, SLCC-Wildwood 


  • Gina Galati  Opera Singer /Artistic Director, Winter Opera Saint Louis
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  • Lee Nolting  Dancer / Artistic Director emeritus of COCAdance

  • Tim O'Leary   General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
  •  Larry Pry  Pianist / Singer / Music Director

  • Marty K. Casey Singer / Educator 

  • Tim Schall  Singer / Producer, St. Louis Cabaret Conference

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  • Gerri Stretz   Dancer / Teacher / Founder, Gerri Stretz Professional Dance Center 

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  • Ashley Tate  Dancer / Choreographer / Artistic Director, Ashleyliane Dance Co.
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  • Zoe Vonder Haar  Actress / Singer / Dancer / Choreographer

  • Anthony Redd Williams  Hip Hop Dancer / Choreographer / COCA

 Stellie Siteman  Actress / Artistic Director, Max & Louie Productions

Marsha Parker  Actress / Director of Theatre, Lindenwood University-Belleville  

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